16th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, books

Some Upcoming Books

Some interesting sounding books out now, or coming soon!

Russian Elegance: Country & City Fashion from the 15th to the Early 20th Century features examples of Russian dress from the State Historical Museum, from the 15th-20th centuries, looking at both Russian peasant dress and Western styles worn in cities.

Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup is written by the founder of Besame Cosmetics, so you know she knows what she’s talking about! Covers the 1920s-present, with over 430 photos, timelines, and color palettes.

Facing Beauty: Painted Women and Cosmetic Art is written by renowned costume historian Aileen Ribeiro so again, you know it’s going to be good. According to its description, it “discusses the shifting perceptions of female beauty, concentrating on the period from about 1540 to 1940″ with lots of illustrations.

Slightly further afield… ie of interest to niche markets:

Spanish Fashion in Early Modern Europe: The Prevelance and Prestige of Spanish Attire in the Courts of the 16th and 17th Centuries could be interesting to those who geek out on this era. It looks like it’s going to be more analytical than illustrative.

And in a similar vein, Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (Gender and American Culture) “explores how and why fashion–both as a concept and as the changing style of personal adornment–linked gender relations, social order, commerce, and political authority during a time when traditional hierarchies were in flux” — again, analytical rather than illustrative.

Happy shopping!

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  • Reply Isis October 19, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for the tip!

  • Reply Shelby October 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    adding these to the Christmas list for sure!

  • Reply juli October 20, 2011 at 9:15 am


    do you probably have any recommendations for books on historic knitwear and instructions for them?

  • Reply kendra October 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Juli – sorry to be slow to respond! Sadly, I don’t know too much about historic knitwear. I do know you can find knitting diagrams in 19th century magazines, like Godey’s etc. You can find some of these magazines online — check out these links: http://libguides.sfsu.edu/content.php?pid=5727&sid=39661#1929720

  • Reply juli October 27, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Thanks Kendra. That’ll make a start! ;o)

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